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Jul 21, 2010 11:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Police sergeant suspended

Jul 21, 2010 11:20 AM

A Southampton Village Police sergeant was suspended indefinitely with pay by the Village Board after its members met in an executive session on Tuesday night.

Mayor Mark Epley said that Sgt. Eric Fromm, who was hired in 1985 and became a sergeant in 2003, was being disciplined, but said he could not discuss the matter other than to say that it involved a recent situation and is not related to the internal computer investigation the department recently conducted.

Sgt. Fromm’s suspension was effective immediately.

Police Chief William Wilson Jr. declined to comment early Wednesday, saying he needed to consult with the village labor counsel.

Meanwhile, Mr. Epley said the public safety dispatcher who was found during the investigation to have pornography on his work computer has not yet filed his retirement papers, but is still expected to do so.

In other news, the Village Board took another step in opposition to the proposed “Tuckahoe Main Street” development on Tuesday night, passing a resolution in support of a position paper presented by Planning Commission Chairman Siamak Samii. The paper calls the Proposed Development District for a 12-acre parcel on County Road 39 in Tuckahoe a “radical departure from the existent zoning” and labels the project a “long road to disaster.”

Mr. Epley, who said “the precedent scares me more than anything,” added that he has been reaching out to professional pollsters and would like to collect reliable data about how village residents feel about the proposal. It calls for 120,000 square feet of shops, restaurants, a King Kullen supermarket and residential units.

Also on Tuesday, the board voted to purchase a $54,260 24-foot aluminum rescue boat bid from Sound Marine Service and Supplies, Inc. for the Southampton Fire Department to replace the department’s 17-foot fiberglass boat.


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An the median household income is:

$85,000 (that means TWO incomes, usually)

To serve, and protect, indeed...
Jul 21, 10 10:15 PM appended by Mr. Z
Of course, that was the 2008 estimate, it MAY be lower as of late...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 21, 10 10:15 PM
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does not include present value of pension benefits (30k per annum) or the cadillac health insurance (24k per annum).

that brings the total pay package to 180k. We should all be furious at our elected politicians

By C Law (354), Water Mill on Jul 22, 10 6:58 PM
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Upon further research:

The LI Multiple Listing Service states the median household income as $72,030 for Nassau and and $65,288 for Suffolk. Newsday states the average wage for Long Islanders is $49,010.
Jul 21, 10 10:20 PM appended by Mr. Z
Maybe they are overpaid a bit? TWICE the average income of any Long Islander? Who just happens to pay their salaries? The Unions almost make the contracts feel like a protection racket. Trust me, I appreciate them, and ALL that they do every day and night, but isn't double the income of an average constituent just a bit excessive?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 21, 10 10:20 PM
What's your point?

The "median" household doesn't have a job that puts their life at risk every single day in order to protect their fellow citizens (yes I know it's in the village where "nothing" happens, but the risk is still present).

Also take into consideration he has worked the same position for 25 years - some might say if you stay at the same job for 25 years and at the end of it are only making $50,000 you may be a fool.

I'm not saying police are payed entirely ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 21, 10 10:27 PM
please. this is crazy. our community is virtually devoid of violent crime compared to large cities and even to other suburban communities in suffolk county. Plus the cops all have second jobs and massive benefits. we're one or two bad economic cycles away from being another Greece.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jul 21, 10 11:51 PM
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I understand there's a risk involved with the profession. However, do they have to be paid like they could die every day?

How about provisions SHOULD the worst happen, instead of bleeding the community coffers dry on a regular basis?
Jul 21, 10 10:31 PM appended by Mr. Z
Honestly, how in how many professions do you still receive a paycheck after you retire these days? Most of us have to rely on whatever we have managed to save, and MAYBE Social Security, if it's even there. I'm not counting the latter...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 21, 10 10:31 PM
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Public Pensions exist because civil service employees make less in the public sector than in the private. Yea, cops in NY get paid a lot but guess what, you (being the public) put people into office and power that negotiated these deals. If you don't like it, then start a revolution.

Do you know how much these cops could make if they signed up for Blackwater? And that "private" sector ends up being paid for by tax dollars anyway.

By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 22, 10 12:06 AM
Whoa, you don't actually think there are many if any cops working in the village qualified to work for Blackwater or Xe as it is now called?

They would be in actual danger if they did work for that type of outfit. Lets be real here aside from the trooper who lost control of his vehicle on black ice and died a couple of years ago, can you recall or show where a Southampton, East Hampton Town or Village officer has died in the line of duty. Police in Suffolk County are fairly safe. On the ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 22, 10 3:29 PM
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By trurepublician (53), hampton bays on Jul 22, 10 8:56 AM
Median HHI in Southampton, as in most of the east end towns is much less than the Suffolk median. Somewhere in the mid 50's, not 85K. If the Village & Town cops are being paid so very generously because of all the risk they face everyday....well then, I suggest they should be making what city cops make and vice versa. Then they might be somewhat justified in having all those second jobs and private businesses (that never intrude on their scheduled work hours, cough)
By East End 2 (151), Southampton on Jul 22, 10 9:36 AM
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This is not an average police officer, he is a sargeant with 25 years of experience. The village saves plenty of money by hiring "summer cops" who give out tickets that more than justify their meager salaries.
By Steve Mc (3), Miller Place on Jul 23, 10 12:47 AM
Right. A veteran.

Who, if he managed his money well over the years, should have plenty set aside at 60% of his current pay PACKAGE on a yearly basis.

At least, it would have been enough for me, if I was his age.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 27, 10 12:58 PM
Tuckahoe Main Street would be a disaster. Moses Lane, McGee St and Bishops Lane would become backdoor thoroughfares. The added truck traffic from suppliers to the stores would worsen the trade parade every day. You'd probably have to take the potato barn on the corner of McGee to create an adequate intersection. All this would pull more business out of the center of the village. Remember too that IGA as a supermarket failed for lack of investment in the center of town which could have been a better ...more
By sansouci (9), Southampton on Jul 23, 10 8:39 AM
IGA failed because as supermarket it sucks! Blame it on what you will, but a lack of selection and high prices doesn't bring in customers. If you want to see out of date items on the shelves, go to an IGA.Southampton could use another supermarket, wether or not it needs a Tuckahoe Main Street is another question.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on Jul 23, 10 6:41 PM
Another of the "good ole boys" club bits the dust.....SH Village police think that they are above the law. No one has ever disciplined them before, I guess they are setting examples so the non-veteran officers will know they mean business.
By DiDi (16), Southampton on Jul 27, 10 1:03 PM
Explain to me again, why if we needed another grocery so badly, we have a CVS in the former IGA building?

My mother used to drive regularly from North Sea, to Bridgehampton King Kullen when it was next door to the Sears Catalog Store. Is a drive from Tuckahoe, to Hampton Bays such an inconvenience should you want a "positive, 21st century shopping experience, you need, and deserve"? I go to Stop N Shop when the flyer has good deals, plus the "Scooby Doo" is a good "grocery getter", and ...more
Jul 27, 10 1:03 PM appended by Mr. Z
Circulars are available online, do your research, and go for the best deals within our area. From our house in North Sea, it is 11 MILES to Stop n Shop in HB. On second thought, maybe that's just too far to travel...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 27, 10 1:03 PM
We travel from Springs to either Hampton Bays or Riverhead. Selection of stores and more competitive prices. It becomes an evening out for us. If we WANTED to have strip malls and numerous shopping centers around us, we would live where they are. It's a choice.
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on Jul 28, 10 8:53 PM
and they say crime doesnt pay!!!!!!!!!????????? pervert still gets paid??????!!!!!!makes me SICK
By Biba (566), East Hampton on Oct 25, 10 2:06 PM